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A collage of images from throughout 15 years of the Wassaic Project: artists, viewers, Maxon Mills at night, dancers, installations, Pantyhose the goat.
15 YR 23 and the Wassaic Project logo in four corners, overlaid on the image collage to celebrate our first 15 years.
A collage of images from throughout 15 years of the Wassaic Project: artists, viewers, Maxon Mills at night, dancers, installations, Pantyhose the goat.
15 YR 23 and the Wassaic Project logo in four corners, overlaid on the image collage to celebrate our first 15 years.

The Wassaic Project is an artist-run nonprofit gallery, artist residency, and education center in the hamlet of Wassaic, NY. Plan your visit ->

Exhibitions

We show the best emerging artists in exhibitions throughout Maxon Mills, a seven-floor grain elevator in the heart of Wassaic. We also have public art on view throughout the hamlet.

Our 2023–2024 Winter Exhibition, I Should Have Been a Pair of Ragged Claws, is on view through March 16!

A bunch of human-like dogs are having a raucous dinner party. One is leaning back and pouring wine into his mouth, another is looking at the camera. A stressed dog waiter stands in the corner with a cake balanced on his head.
Stephen Morrison, Dog Show #1: The (After) Party (2022)

Artist Residency

More than 100 artists-in-residence pass through Wassaic each year. We welcome visual artists, writers, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, writers, and everyone in between.

We're also proud to host one of the largest year-round family residencies in the world and an invite-only print editions program.

Our 2025 Winter Residency open call is live from March 1 through May 6!

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A man, a child, and a woman sitting and smiling on a colorful pile of mini shipping containers.
Sean Salstrom and Ayumi Ishii, August 2019

"The best 30 consecutive days of my life were spent in residency at the Wassaic Project. The entire experience of community with artists and Wassaic Project staff, the barn, the mill, and proximity to nature was beyond fortifying on every level."

Kristi Keener
2022 Summer Resident

Four women smiling in an art studio. Three have one foot up on a chair, one is crouched in front.
Left to right: Kristi Keener, Lexy Ho-Tai, Maya Varadaraj, Nicole Banowetz

"Somehow it still feels radical to be both an artist and a mother. My family is loud, we take up space, we have time constraints and schedules. We don’t fit with most art spaces, which is why I will forever sing the praises of the Wassaic Project for welcoming me as an artist with a family. I’m still practicing shaking off the stigmas.”

Jordan Buschur
2022 Family Resident

A man and a woman in a bright orange sweater sit smiling on a porch with their three children.
Jordan Buschur and family

"I want to share my sincere thanks for a wonderful, productive, and stimulating residency this summer! It was such a joy to spend two months at Wassaic. This residency stirred up so many new possibilities, ideas, and potentials. I'll be squeezing the juice out of this experience for many months to come.”

Lauren Ruth
2022 Summer Resident

A woman sitting smiling on top of a pile of Astroturf on a folding table in a white barn studio. A blue net with orange ties hangs above her head.
Lauren Ruth

"I had a great time. I would have stayed longer if it were feasible. Everyone from the staff to the residents were very supportive and was open to any idea that I brought to them. Wassaic Project is truly an open space that will find a way to see your vision come to light."

Ryan Davis
2022 Summer Resident

A smiling man in a jumpsuit sitting on a wooden chair in a well-lit art studio in Luther Barn. Behind him are some in-progress paintings.
Ryan Davis

[The residency] had a very positive and profound impact on me at a time when I really needed some intense studio/sanctuary time away from my usual routine/environment to shake up, regroup, and process some new ideas.

Michael Hambouz
2022 Summer Resident

A man smiles while standing hunched over an in-progress artwork in his studio.
Michael Hambouz

"My whole life has changed so much thanks to all of you. New friends, new shows, invitation to Italy, etc... I'm so totally grateful to everyone."

Rachel Collier
2021–2022 Winter Resident

A woman stands in front of a large, colorful art rug hung on the wall. A red rugmaking frame outlines the left side of the photo.
Rachel Collier

"Wassaic Project is a wonderful, community-minded residency with staff providing support that is above and beyond. As a family resident, the shorter 2-week residency allowed me a manageable amount of time away to solely focus on my practice. I was able to delve into the research and develop concepts around a new body of work, while also exploring the ample local flora to create inks and dyes to use in the studio."

Janet Wang
2022 Summer Family Resident

A woman in a light pinstripe shirt, shorts, and sandals stands in her studio in a white barn. Her arms are crossed and she is lightly smiling at the camera.
Janet Wang

Education

Our education program reaches thousands of students each year through summer camps, workshops, workbooks, online lessons, curricula, drop-in artmaking hours, and after-school programs with and in all four local school districts.

We seek to empower the artist in every student, giving them lifelong tools to explore and express themselves.

A line of kids and their parents on the sidewalk with Maxon Mills in the background. Most hold parade items: flags, flowers, colorful cloths.

In our 15th year

we’re grateful for all of you who have helped us grow from a scrappy art festival into a mainstay of the upstate New York cultural landscape. Your support has brought world-class contemporary art exhibitions, vitally important education programs, and an internationally respected artist residency to the kind of community that seldom sees this level of cultural investment. Thank you for believing in the continual possibilities of creative community with us, and we can’t wait to welcome you all back to the hamlet throughout 2023 in celebration of everything the Wassaic Project has been, is, and can be.